The Writing Process
So this year has been a spectacular year. I think what it comes down to is you have made it so much fun for me, by giving me a net that I can toss all my love into. You have helped shape the future by continuing to write and record music and by playing side shows that inspire and help keep the writing process cumulative and active.
I know a lot of people who love to write music and from what I can see, it really helps when there is someone there, not just from the small town you grew up in, but from halfway across the U.S. or even across the country that is helping to contribute to the music that keeps us all in a meditative state, and just basically, moving.
It's been just about 2 years since I left New York City and moved to Maine. During the two years that we have lived here in Hermon, I have found myself writing a lot of songs. It's been a dream to take the car out and drive to studio, where we have been discussing new song ideas and recording music. I remember at the beginning we recorded a lot of covers. As time went on, I remember we recorded a lot of unreleased tracks such as Inspired By, Coming to Nashville, A Radio Broadcast, and songs intertwined with comedy such as I Met, and more!
The way that I have written songs this year has been more or less through ideas. I would come up with an idea, such as Seal My Fate, and I would write it, more or less through improvisation. I love being able to blog because it's a place to share what I have come up with, for ideas, and I think it helps them evolve.
I remember it was January 24th, 2014 when I wrote Loving. I remember coming home, where I stayed for 2 years, and my brother helped shape that song with a few bridge ideas and lyrics. Some of the videos that were made at that time were a lot of fun to make, and I'm excited to continue to make progress by getting back to videos and short films.
For the past two years, I kindly would remind myself how important comedy is to have in music. I would sit back and press play on various artists that I've met along the way, and one of my favorite aspects to music and entertainment is definitely comedy. I love the artists on my iPod and that I've met that know how to make you laugh. I'll often get mad at myself, and say that if I could go back, I would have started off this whole songwriting career with a good hefty album of pure comedies.
Anyhow, I have been releasing some tracks online lately as we get closer to the album release date. I recently found a handheld recorder that I wrote tracks such as Something Else and Far From the Shore On. Intertwining love into my music has always been something that I have been very fond of doing. You know me, the guy who is love. The guy that focuses on love, and spreads love to the highest. When I found this Sony Handheld Recorder sitting on my Mom's beureu I jumped! i was stoked. It had been almost 3 years since I had seen that beautiful thing. I felt so excited to see what kind of songs were buried into the archive of my Handheld Sony Recorder. Immediately, I remembered that this handy assistant was the tool that started songs such as We Are One, Tell Me How, and a lot of songs that went unreleased that I am re releasing now with this album release such as The City, We Are The Children, and Incomplete.
I love music.
It's such a beautiful way to sum up all of the ways you are feeling into a few minutes of bliss. The more time that goes on, the more I feel grateful to have made it this far and to have shared all the music that I've shared with you. It really helps the writing process. The more music you write, the more you are able to analyze and compare and contrast what is good and what isn't as good. The more you write, the more you are able to lift off from a set of tracks into something new. Music is one of the most beautiful things we have on this planet and I love you because you work alongside music and all of it's many lovers. Such as comedy.
I am excited because this year I really want to embark upon a journey with a Go Pro, and pocket full of Pro Tools and start to make short films and music videos. I've always wanted to express love and devotion through movies and music. I think the power of music's therapy is something that we love and crave. We are lifted up through music, and it helps us jump to conclusions and reach a goal that we might have in mind. Or finish a song that we have been trying to complete. I think music's energy is happy and positive and at the end of the day, we really need to be in this together and express love for one another. Let music cure us of all that may be bothering us and let us continue to love to the highest and be love, even in the toughest of moments.
So in conclusion, I am really excited that we are releasing this record. I wanted to share a blog post of all the ideas that I've been working with for the past two years, since we first met! :-) I still remember a lot of ideas that surfaced were Little Wing, Worship You, Blue Corvette (cuz I want to buy you a car), Dirty Tennessee, E Major the Lullaby, Tree's, Let Go, Let Me Tell You That I Love You, Jokes, 100 jokes for the soul, Mona Lisa, Someday, Don't, and more! It's funny.
A lot of songs and ideas have surfaced, and I've just been doing my best to piece them together.
I think through books and directing, I'm really going to enter into a field of love this year with music as a guide. I don't know whether it will be in New York City, Nashville, or San Diego, but I am really excited to start giving some closure to these songs and ideas that have been left incomplete for a while now.
It reminds me of how I felt, when I first came across a song I wrote probably in 2010 titled Incomplete. Incomplete is a song that I wrote about art and the future. I'll leave you guys with Incomplete, and hope that it will help inspire you to push yourself a little bit further, even when you feel like you just can't take it anymore.
With love and devotion, I'm going to be releasing motivational speeches and really working for the good hearted people we have in this world. That is you!
You are loved, and I am excited that this is just the beginning.
Incomplete (written in 2010 in Auburn, NH)
Everybody's got a place to go.
Everybody's got a place they wanna go
We're dancing through the prom in awe.
Bones dancing through the prom and all we see.
Paints dripping on the walls alot.
Arts dripping through the walls and into my bones.
Another day another dream.
Another mission, it's a feeling I can't believe.
And I'm just waiting on love.
And I'm just waiting on love.
I once lost a man who was very close to me.
I once lost a man who was very close to me.
I know when I have kids, I'm gonna treat them the way I want to be treated.
My father meant a lot to me.
He treated me the way I want to be treated.
When I have kids, I cannot wait to give them what they want and spoil them.
And I know that I'm not gonna be incomplete.
I'm not gonna be incomplete.
August 13th, 2016
Hey, everybody! I hope that you are all having a great summer. These days have been very meaningful as we get closer and closer to the release of a new album. I have been very busy writing new tracks and coming up with new ideas for future projects and albums. I am so excited that this August, August 26th, our new album titled "Loving" is going to be released to iTunes! For over 2 years, we spent a lot of time recording the tracks and adding drums, bass, and keys to the tracks. The album was recorded in Orono ME and was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikolas Dimoulas, at the Zen Den.
Nik is an incredible artist who has spent many years studying music production at The University of Maine in Orono. Nik is an established singer/songwriter who has a lot of music for sale on the internet as well as music videos and various videos of live performances and original songs. One of my favorite songs that Nik has written is Chicago, which is a bluesy hit in the key of A. Chicago will be available for sale on CD Baby the same day that "Loving" is released and I know you guys are going to love it! Nik's creative sound is similar to that of what you would hear when listening to Sublime and even classic bands such as Green Day or Brand New. A lot of his songs are written with and about love, and it is always a productive and fulfilling experience when we are in the studio. Many thanks go to Nik and his family for helping to make this album a success.
In this post, I want to give you guys an idea of what we are releasing here to iTunes this month. I want to share the track list as well as the album art for the album. When we first started to record this album, I had just gotten home from a 2 year recording spree in New York City. I was blown away by the fact that I had met so many amazing artists, that are pursuing a career in the music industry just like myself. I did not expect to meet THAT many incredible people who all love music and find peace in contributing to the music industry with sensational albums, relaxing sound cloud pages, and music videos for everyone to listen to and share. A lot of this record was recorded with the relaxing realization that a lot of these artists that I had met are working hard to help inspire and are eagerly seeking inspiration themselves. So without further adue, here is the track list!
3.) Addition to Love
4.) Tearing Down The Walls (Matt Pless Cover)
7.) Go Now
8.) Blue Jeans
9.) Road to Redemption
10.) Drowning (Miranda Inzunza Cover)
11.) She Said
13.) They Do
14.) Call it Art (Matt Pless Cover)
Something that I love most about this record is that there are going to be a lot of tracks that didn't make it on the track list, but that will act as almost a Side B. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting some of these rare tracks to sites like Bandcamp and YouTube. A few tracks that you guys haven't heard such as "It's Love" and "Blessed" are going to be making there way to a side project we might just end up calling Loving Part 2 that will be available for streaming in a very short amount of time.
Check out the album artwork!
The album artwork was designed by Isaac Wright and I love his artwork. He has helped design many of Nik's album covers as well as the Black Bear Beers as well as the cover of the Yoga Place in Orono. I think the style of art goes well with the album and I love how professionally stamped this album is.
With an album release party booked on August 26th, I am excited to share some tracks that didn't make it on the record. A few tracks that I am excited to release here in just a matter of time will be, Blessed, Hold Me Tight, Sounds of Love, It's Love, and more tracks such as Bunstein, and a few covers that never made it on the record.
Thank you so much for visiting the site. Stay tuned as we will be releasing more tracks as time goes on. This is just the beginning! And it is with many fuzzy feelings that I end by saying, I'm in love with the beginning.
The words burning like scriptures inside my brain
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